this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters

cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.

image and poem below the fold

Iraqis carry the body of 10-year-old Iraqi boy Iyad after he died following a roadside bomb attack targetting a U.S. army vehicle in the Sunni-dominated town of Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, October 17, 2005. Falluja residents said that a roadside bomb exploded after the passage of a U.S. army vehicle killing one person and wounding six others, all the victims civilians. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal

How much force does an explosion create?
The detonation of high explosives creates a pressure wave moving at 3,000 meters per second (more than 6,000 miles per hour). The force of the blow is similar to being hit by a truck. In an enclosed space, where the blast is contained, even a hand grenade can cause severe internal damage.

from What Every Person Should Know About War
by Chris Hedges
Chapter 4, Weapons and Wounds
Pages 45-46

by Sylvia Plath

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new
Whose name you meditate–
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

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